Thursday, May 17, 2007

How I Made It -- Fibre Collage #1 (Part 4)

Step 5: Step Back and Be Amazed
And here is the piece, ready to be finished. I was so chuffed when I saw how it turned out. I don't know what I expected when I started out but was very happy with what I ended up with.

I've called it 'Like a Moth Drawn to the Flame'. It is one of the pages I owe a fellow ArtDiva as part of a page-in-a-book swap we did last year. Did I tell you it was very late?

In order to finish this piece, I need to hide the machine quilting thread ends, bead it, bind it and sign the back. Easy as cake!

What I Learned for Next Time
Every time I make one of these fibre collages, I learn something different. Hopefully this time I'll remember what it was. Here's my list:
  1. Backing fabric should be 3" bigger than the top all the way around
  2. Variegated threads have lots of lights in them. Darker threads would have looked better on the purple 1/3rd
  3. More copper metallic DMC thread and leave some of it intact as 6 strands and don't pull all of it apart into single strands
Thanks for coming on this little adventure with me.


Dy said...

It's been really interesting reading and seeing your process, thanks for posting it! I've recently caught the wool bug and have just started playing with wet felting backgrounds for embroidery, so it was interesting to see the different way you produced your finished object.

Nola said...

It's fantastic! I really like the texture of the finished piece - all those layers are visible but tucked into the quilting. Might have to play with this technique a little, when I get a minute! Thanks for sharing your technique - you know how I love reading about people's processes!